Scottish Compensation

Scottish Compensation

August 18, 2010 01:00 ET

Falls at Work are the Most Common Accident Compensation Claim

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 18, 2010) - Slips, trips and falls are to blame for a staggering 36% of injuries in the workplace; making compensation claims for these types of injuries the most common kind of work accident claims, according to recent research.

Slips, trips and falls are usually caused by things such as spillages on floor surfaces, untidy workspaces, uneven floors, obstructions, bad lighting and other simple things. When looked into, these things can be acknowledged in the workplace most of the time and can prevent future accidents.

There were an estimated 4.7 million sick days last year because of accidents at work, most of which began as slips, trips and falls and not serious injuries, but resulted in employees seeking accident at work compensation for bad injuries that could been avoided.

Leading compensation specialists, Scottish Compensation, commented: 'There are nearly 3000 people killed or seriously injured at work in Scotland alone each year and another 10,000 cases relating to work-based injuries. It is the employer's responsibility to provide a safe working environment and training to ensure you know how to carry out your work duties safely and responsibly'.

One of the work places which is most susceptible to slips, trips and falls is a construction site, with building sites naturally providing many risks and safety hazards to employees with the nature of the work and the amount of dangerous equipment about.

However, perhaps less likely to be thought of as providing a dangerous working environment are offices. They might appear to be free from danger, but there are many accidents caused every year in offices.

A claim for compensation for a slip, trip or fall covers the employee for the injuries sustained as part of the accident and any loss of earnings incurred whilst unable to work.

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